Racial Justice Ministry Team
We all have been touched and impacted by the news of racial conflicts around the country.
The experience is likely different in a very personal way for each of us depending on our age, family background, economic status, etc. It is in times such as these that we are called to examine those feelings and find our voice to contribute to the conversation in a way that reflects our Christian values.
Racial justice ministry is about being inclusive, not exclusive, to create a climate of peace, justice, freedom and dignity that embraces all people. A climate that provides opportunities for growth, leadership, empowerment and advocating for policies and programs that are socially and racially just.
“Out of my distress I called on the Lord” (Psalm 118:5).
Bishop Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, statement, This is the Day, regarding current events and issues of race in the United States, June 5, 2020
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Anti-Asian Racism Resources
Please view this list of resources designed to combat anti-Asian racism. These resources were compiled for the ELCA Association of Asians and Pacific Islanders by AAPI Communications Consultant Lily Wu.
PILOT PROGRAM FOR CONGREGATIONS: Honest Conversations on Racism
The Racial Justice Ministry Team has partnered with the Racial Justice Circle of Baltimore to host facilitated discussions within congregations about racism and racial injustice. This will be done in the form of a series of 4 weekly sessions where fellow disciples can confidentially explore difficult truths facing our country and our church. We encourage you to contact one of our leaders to discuss how to get your congregation engaged. You can also participate as an individual.
If you have any questions about participating in this series, please contact Cathy Rice at [email protected].
2021 Devotional Video Series
Even though our Lenten Devotional Series has concluded, you are still invited to view and use this resource as you engage in reflection around racial justice! The theme of this series is “What God says > We Say: How We Rewrite God’s Covenant,” and each video focuses on different ways that we rewrite God’s promises and worldview into something that serves our selfishness and understanding of how things should be.
Along with the videos that you can view on YouTube by clicking the buttons below, you can access a discussion guide that accompanies this series here.
If you would like to download the videos, which can make the video playback easier if you are sharing the video over Zoom, you can view a Dropbox folder that contains each of the videos and the discussion guide here.
Listen and Learn About Racism Sessions
LISTEN AND LEARN ABOUT RACISM sessions from Summer 2020 have been recorded and are available for us in congregations or for individuals to learn! Topics include understanding basic terminology, national history, Lutheran church history and finding your personal call to action. Click here to access these resources.
Comprehensive Resource Guide
Our Racial Justice Ministry Team has collected a number of useful Racial Justice Resources. See some of them highlighted below. Here is a Current Comprehensive Resource Guide.
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Where do I begin?
If you are new to understanding issues of racial justice, here are some resources that we suggest as you get started:
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In a World Made for Whiteness, Austin Channing Brown, 2018
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, Wes Moore, 2011
Love Big: The Power of Revolutionary Relationships to Heal the World, Rozella Haydee White, 2019
America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to New America, Jim Wallace, 2017
The Cross and The Lynching Tree, James H. Cone, 2013
The Death Penalty, 1991